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Court Addresses Breach Of Fiduciary Duty and Partition Issues In Trust Dispute

by Winstead PC on

In Koda v. Rossi, a mother created a trust that provided that her son was to serve as trustee and that she, he, and a daughter were the beneficiaries. No. 11-15-0150-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 8194 (Tex. App.—Eastland August...more

Planning ahead after a divorce

For those in the middle of a divorce, the last thing on their mind is a review of their estate plan. However, a major life change, such as a divorce, is a critical time to update an estate plan so that wishes are carried out...more

Insight on Estate Planning - October/November 2017

In This Issue: - Social Security benefits When is the right time to begin receiving payments? - Planning ahead after a divorce - ABLE accounts benefit disabled family members - Estate planning pitfall: You chose...more

What is an Estate Executor’s Role?

Often when a person is appointed to serve as the executor (if there was a will) or administrator (if there was not a will) of a family member or friend’s estate they have not had experience with the role or process. This post...more

Section 7C

by Hogan Lovells on

Raising the red flag on low interest and interest free loans to trusts - Over the years, trusts have consistently proved to be a reliable and attractive vehicle for many, offering flexibility and benefits with regard to...more

Every Day is Bitcoin Pizza Day: What Clients and Estate Planners Need to Know about Virtual Currency

by Murtha Cullina on

The combined value of all of the 867 crypto currencies tracked by CoinMarketCap.com is presently over $161 billion. Only seven years ago, on what is commemorated as “Bitcoin Pizza Day,” Bitcoin, then a new crypto currency,...more

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s Sibling Lawyer!

by Downey Brand LLP on

I’m a sibling lawyer. My career started early, as a middle child, and now continues as a Sacramento-based trust and estate litigation attorney. Most of my clients are grappling with sisters or brothers over the care and...more

Should Automobiles Be Transferred To A Trust?

by Dickinson Wright on

One of the questions I am often asked by clients is, “Should I transfer my automobiles to my revocable living trust?” I generally advise clients not to transfer their automobiles to their revocable living trust. The primary...more

The Importance of Keeping Beneficiary Designations Up-To-Date

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

The bulk of inheritances left to loved ones are usually not held in bank accounts, cars, and other tangible assets. Rather, they are tied up in retirement accounts (such as an IRA, SEP, 401(k) or 403(b)), life insurance...more

Best in Law: The Pros and Cons of the No-Contest Clause - Trusts and Wills

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

No-contest clauses are generally included in trusts and wills in California in an attempt to prevent challenges to an estate plan after death. Originally published in the Press-Enterprise - July 30th, 2017....more

Are Trusts Still Useful If the Estate Tax Is Repealed?

With Republicans in control of Congress and the presidency, there is talk of eliminating the federal estate tax. In 2017 the tax affects only estates over $5.49 million, meaning that for more than 99 percent of Americans,...more

Need Another Reason To Avoid Mixing Family & Finances?

by Bryan Cave on

You have a big heart and a little bit of money. You want to help out a cash-strapped family member, and – “because you’re family” – you don’t put down how much you’ll loan or how it’ll be paid back. ...more

McNees Insights – Estate Planning Newsletter - July 2017

Deducting Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions - You can elect each year to itemize deductions rather than claim the standard deduction. Itemized deductions are those that you claim on Schedule A of Form 1040, Itemized...more

Avoid An Unpleasant Surprise: Review Your Will Regularly

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Many people sign a will and assume they never need to look at it again. As lawyers, we prepare wills that are flexible and deal with multiple possible (even if unlikely) scenarios, but sometimes an unanticipated change and an...more

Look for Mild Cognitive Impairment in California Trust and Estate Disputes

by Downey Brand LLP on

Mental incapacity and undue influence are the most common theories used to try to invalidate wills, trusts and beneficiary designations in California and elsewhere. Occasionally, the subject in a trust and estate dispute has...more

[Webinar] Leveraging to Attain Basis Step-Up; Income Tax Benefits of Losing an FLP Case - July 11th, 12:00pm CT

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Please join us for a webinar based on Steve Gorin's Second Quarter 2017 newsletter, Gorin's Business Succession Solutions. In this webinar the presenter will discuss that one can use debt to allow property to obtain a...more

Co-Trustee Conflict Fuels California Trust Litigation

by Downey Brand LLP on

California trust litigation often stems from disagreements and hostility among family member co-trustees. Rather than picking one of their kids to serve as sole successor trustee when they die or become incapacitated, Mom and...more

Creating Trust to Ensure a Trust’s Success

One of the biggest missteps of clients is to create a trust without communicating its purpose with the adult beneficiaries. Without guidance from the client/grantor and his or advisors, beneficiaries sometimes become...more

Transferring Property To A Trust: It’s Not What You Meant, It’s What You Said

by Bryan Cave on

When we put pen to paper, sometimes the words don’t come out right. If that happens, hopefully there’s an opportunity to explain what we meant. For example, we have seen how scrivenor’s errors can be explained. But, for the...more

Courts Should Read Elder Abuse Act Broadly to Stop Wrongdoers

by Downey Brand LLP on

California’s Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act is elastic enough to encompass claims arising from sharp insurance sales practices, even when elders do not pay anything directly to the agents. So concluded...more

Estate planning during divorce: It’s never too early to start

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Estate plans prepared for married couples will vary in complexity and detail but generally follow the same theme: The revocable trust or will typically provides that upon the death of the first spouse, the surviving spouse...more

Tax Refunds for Trusts With Minnesota Grantors? Minnesota Trust Income Tax Statute Ruled Unconstitutional

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Certain irrevocable trusts created by Minnesota residents after 1995 may be able to claim income tax refunds as a result of the Minnesota Tax Court’s decision in Fielding v. Commissioner of Revenue, handed down on May 31,...more

Pet Trusts

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Most people remember the late Leona Helmsley as the convicted tax felon famous for uttering the words “only little people pay taxes”, but she is also remembered for having a will that left a $12 million trust fund for her...more

The Duty of Impartiality and Other Trustee Troubles

by Moskowitz LLP on

Trustees are accountable to both the current income beneficiaries and the remaindermen of a trust, and are often placed in the unenviable position of have to balance the interests of the two. A beneficiary may look forward to...more

A Guide To: Challenging Beneficiary Designations in Michigan

by Clark Hill PLC on

Most individuals own assets that will pass upon the death of that individual pursuant to a beneficiary designation. In fact, in many instances, these types of assets make up a large portion of an individual's net worth....more

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